Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher announced Friday that 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff will move into the backup quarterback role behind Case Keenum for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Myles Simmons of the team's official website confirmed the news. Simmons also noted Fisher stated he has made no final decision about the backup spot for the future, which means Sean Mannion could still rotate into the No. 2 spot as well.
Goff was inactive for the team's 28-0 season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Keenum and the offense struggled in the blowout, putting up just 185 yards and 10 first downs with two turnovers.
The dreadful performance, which didn't come as a surprise given Keenum's history of lackluster play, raised further questions about why Goff couldn't earn the starting job immediately.
Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com passed along previous comments from the top pick about staying prepared for any outcome while waiting for Fisher to call his number:
I kind of had an idea that they were going to take me. He talked about how if that was the case, there will be no rushing. Whenever it's time, it's time. If it needs to happen early, it happens early. If it needs to happen a little bit later, it happens later. I'm just going to continue to trust him and to trust the process, and know that they have a really well-thought-out plan in place and I'm still a part of it.
Team legend Eric Dickerson isn't sure the Cal product is ready for the spotlight, though. On Wednesday, he told Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports he wasn't encouraged by the rookie's play during the exhibition slate.
"I love coach [Fisher], and I think Fish gave him an A-minus or a B-minus. … I gave [Goff] a flat-out D," the former running back said. "He just didn't perform well in the preseason. I am just being honest. You might not like it. I don't care if it comes from me. I just think it's true."
Goff completed just 44.9 percent of his throws during the preseason with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times, as he appeared to struggle with the speed of the game.
Ross Tucker of NBCSN believes the Rams would be taking a serious risk by putting him into the lineup too soon:
Now Goff is a Keenum injury away from making his debut. Furthermore, the fans are going to start calling for a change during the home opener if the offense looks anything like it did Monday night.
Yet, if the coaching staff deemed Goff unprepared to face the 49ers, it's hard to imagine he'd be ready to go up against the vaunted Seahawks defense just one week later. The entire situation leaves Fisher in a tough spot as the team gets ready to make its regular-season return to Los Angeles.